I grew up in South L.A., right off Crenshaw Boulevard in a neighborhood called View Park. I loved living there as a child primarily because I was a bike ride from three McDonald’s restaurants. And with Dollar Menus and Happy Meals, I was never a paid chore away from indulging in what I now call my addiction to fat, salt, and sugar.
According to a recent study, South L.A. has the most fast-food restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the country. What is a family supposed to eat when the prices of basic produce continues to rise and the only alternative is a grocery store or Wal-Mart full of cheap subsidized processed food-like products or fast-food.
GlobalGirl Media investigates the closing of a Ralph’s supermarket in a low income neighborhood in Los Angeles, and finds an alternative in Fresh Fridays, a neighborhood-run fresh produce market bringing much-needed fresh fruits and vegetables to residents who speak of “food apartheid” in their area.